Frozen in Fear: Five Spine-Chilling Films to Watch This Winter

As Mother Nature descends us with a frosty reception, the only way to combat the freeze outside is to keep warm indoors and whack on a winter horror film, as we hibernate with duvets and hot water bottles feeling sorry for ourselves! Here are our 5 favourites.


5. Jack Frost

jackfrost2Sloping in at number five is director Michael Cooney’s 1997 film Jack Frost. Whilst being driven to his execution, the infamous murderer Frost (played by Scott MacDonald) meets with an accident, which causes his inexplicable metamorphosis into a mutant snowman. Sheriff Sam Tiler (played by Christopher Allport), who originally detained the lunatic, is anxious about his return, and it seems that his fears were justifiable. As the bodies begin to pile up like, can the Sheriff stop Frost’s reign of slaughter, or will he too meet an icy end?


4. Dead Snow

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Greeting us with a chilling grin at number four, we enter into Director Tommy Wirkolas’ 2009 horror Dead Snow. A group of eight Norwegian medical students adventure to an isolated Arctic location for a weekend filled with snow, skiing, and of course, cheeky ways to warm each other up. However, after one of their party disappears, a cryptic local resident approaches them. The students learn with horror that, in the fading days of World War II, a large amount of Nazi soldiers disappeared into the woods after the residents turned on them. As the zombified corpses now go on the hunt for fresh blood, how many of the students will survive and who will be left out in the cold?


3. 30 Days of Night

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Warming our cold dead hearts at number three is director David Slade’s 2007 movie 30 Days of Night. When the desolate town of Barrow, Alaska, faces a solid month of darkness every year, most of the residents understandably head south for the winter. The townspeople that remain behind soon regret their decision when hungry vampires reign bloody terror on the town to feed. Sheriff Eben (played by Josh Hartnett) and his estranged wife (played by Melissa George) lead a deteriorating band of survivors to try and last until dawn breaks over the month long siege. Will they manage to beat the beasts or will they suffer the ultimate frost bite?


2. The Thing

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Hanging on with an icy grip at number two is director John Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing. In secluded Antarctica, a band of American researchers are troubled at their base camp when a helicopter fires at a sled dog. As they rescue the injured animal, it brutally attacks the camp, and they quickly discover that the beast can manifest itself into the shape of its victims. A heroic helicopter pilot (played by Kurt Russell) and camp medic (played by Richard Dysart) lead the crew in a frantic, gruesome battle against the mysterious and vicious creature before it destroys them one by one. Will they make it out alive or will they be torn apart in this abysmal winter wonderland?


1. The Shining

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Avalanching in at number one is director Stanley Kubrick’s 1980s adaptation of The Shining. Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the remote Overlook Hotel. Desperate to cure his writer’s block, he settles in with his wife Wendy (played by Shelley Duvall) and his young son Danny (played by Danny Lloyd). Haunted by psychic premonitions and troubled by his father’s terrifying antics, little Danny’s visions become increasingly disturbing. Jack learns of the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to transform into a violent maniac hell-bent on petrifying his loved ones. Will Jack come to his senses or will hell freeze over first?

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